REGIMENTS OF THE LINE’
a poem published in the 5th Glosters Gazette in September 1916.
We hear of the Anzacs, the Highlanders, the Guards,
Their names are gilded gloriously, and sung by many bards.
But WE know – and THEY know – of other men as fine –
The good old County Regiments – the Regiments of the line.
For them no vivid writer lets loose his fluent pen;
for them no correspondent tells where and how and when;
of their glory, in a story, they write the tale anew –
The old County Regiments, that fight along of you.
The Glosters, the Wiltshire’s – they’ve done their bit.
The Berkshires and the Devon’s, as fighting men they’re IT!
They show it, we know it! They’ve marched and fought like hell,
those old County Regiments and dozens more as well.
The Ox's, the Bucks, and the Lancashire’s are fine,
but of their fight for days and nights we never read a line.
The Dorset’s, the Worcester’s, the Warwick’s, too, can fight!
And surely they might have SOME of the glory that’s their right.
In lofty dim cathedrals their battle-
In scrolled in gold with fights of old, and, after many days
they shall return and claim them, and newer names shall shine,
more proudly yet on the Colours of the Regiments of the line.
Drink to the gallant Anzacs, drink to the Kiltie's, too!
They’re bonny, bonny fighters – we know them, and it’s true.
Toast them, and all their valour! And then I’ll give you mine –
The old County Regiments – the Regiments of the Line.
GALLANT, GLORIOUS GLOSTERS
Saturday will sadly see the last Bristol parade of the Glosters veterans. Gerry Brooke looks back at this long established and much honoured regiment
The "Glorious Glosters", once a proud county regiment, had many of its soldiers coming traditionally from the Bristol area. But Saturday, March 26, 1994 -
In 1734, after Colonel Philip Bragg had taken command, the regiment became known by its much cherished nickname "Old Bragg's". A popular leader, Bragg remained in charge until his death in 1759.
In that year the regiment sailed again to Canada. Fighting under General Wolfe, who was to lose his life there, it helped take Quebec from the French. And ever since that day the soldiers have honoured his memory by wearing a black line in their tie.
Distinguished by its bright yellow facings, the 28th, as the regiment was known, was joined, in 1782, by the 2nd Battalion of the Buffs. After the two had amalgamated the Gloucestershire Regiment came into being -
The French navy, responsible for landing troops in Egypt, had already been defeated by Nelson's fleet, but a large army remained -
In those days muzzle-
In Spain it took four years of difficult fighting -
The Glosters, in the forefront of the fighting, were the only regiment specifically mentioned by name in Wellington's famous dispatch.
Throughout early Victorian times, as the British Empire consolidated, the soldiers were kept busy, particularly in India.
Then, in 1854, the regiment, decimated by cholera, found itself fighting against Russian imperial expansion in the Crimea.
And at the end of the century it was shipped to South Africa to fight in the Boer War.
The Glosters, involved in the First World War from the very start, soon found themselves in France. By the time that terrible war ended four years later, the Glosters had raised no fewer than 24 battalions and lost more than 8,000 men.
In 1939, at the start of the last war, the Glosters entered France to a very different scenario -
But four years later, after the D-
Later, the 10th Battalion played a prominent role in the recapture of the country. But, by the end of hostilities, in 1945, nearly 1,000 men had been lost.
Later, in Korea, the regiment played a crucial role in the now legendary Battle of the Imjin River.
The war began when the South Koreans were invaded by the North -
President Truman later awarded it the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation -
By the early 1950's the regiment carried more battle honours than any other in the British army. Since those glory days, the Glosters have been posted overseas on many occasions, lately to Afghanistan, and been involved in a variety of peace-